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Better Than a Tent...

 
 
Better Than a Tent... Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 11, 2009
1. Better Than a Tent... Marker
Inscription. On the afternoon of July 1, 1863, the Union Army retreated from positions behind you to Cemetery Hill, the high ground in front of you. By early evening Union pickets along this area of the Emmitsburg Road were being harassed by Confederate fire. On July 3, Federal artillery fired over this lot onto the fields to your right, aiding the repluse of Pickett's Charge.

In 1938, in time for the 75th Anniversary of the battle, Curnal Butt and his three daughters opened the Green Gables Tourist Cabins advertising, "running water, luncheonette and confection service..."

In 1956, Paul and Jean Witt replaced the cabins with the Gettysburg Motor Lodge, the first modern motel in Gettysburg.

In 1996 their sons, Gary and Paul Jr., had Cabin #3 returned to the site and restored as a reminder of the early lodging industry.
 
Location. 39° 49.181′ N, 77° 14.038′ W. Marker is in Gettysburg, Pennsylvania, in Adams County. Marker is on Steinwehr Avenue (Business U.S. 15) 0 miles north of Culp Street, on the right when traveling north. Click for map. Marker is in this post office area: Gettysburg PA 17325, United States of America.
 
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. "Four score and seven..." (within shouting distance of this marker); A Tale of Two Brothers
Better Than a Tent... Marker image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 11, 2009
2. Better Than a Tent... Marker
(within shouting distance of this marker); Culp Brothers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); Gold Star Mothers Memorial (within shouting distance of this marker); "The Great Peace Jubilee" (within shouting distance of this marker); Second Brigade (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); 136th New York Infantry (about 400 feet away); 73rd Ohio Infantry (about 400 feet away). Click for a list of all markers in Gettysburg.
 
Categories. 20th CenturyIndustry & CommerceWar, US Civil
 
Cabin #3 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 11, 2009
3. Cabin #3
Front view of the cabin.
Cabin #3 image. Click for full size.
By F. Robby, May 11, 2009
4. Cabin #3
Rear view of the cabin.
 
 
Credits. This page originally submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page has been viewed 656 times since then and 71 times this year. Photos:   1, 2, 3, 4. submitted on , by F. Robby of Baltimore, Maryland. This page was last revised on June 16, 2016.
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